RAHIM YAR KHAN: At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 injured in a collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train near the central town of Rahim Yar Khan.
The incident on early Thursday morning took place at the Walhar railway station, located about 35km south of Rahim Yar Khan.
“The Akbar Express [passenger train] going from Bahawalpur to Quetta hit a freight train that was parked there at 7.40am,” a local police said.
Senior police official Umar Salamat told local media the collision took place because the passenger train was diverted onto the incorrect track at the station, hitting the parked freight train.
Soon after the incident, rescue officials rushed to the site to shift the bodies and injured to hospitals.
The injured were taken to a nearby government hospital and to a more advanced facility in Rahim Yar Khan, hospital officials said.
Fourteen of the dead were taken to the government hospital, with 66 people injured in the wreck also treated there, Liaquat Chohan, a senior hospital official said.
“The injuries were of multiple types – many had fractures, others had bleeding wounds. Some were crushed under objects,” he said.
At least one dead body was also taken to the Sheikh Zayed hospital in Rahim Yar Khan, where five of those injured in the accident were being treated.
“One person’s leg was cut off [in the collision], and another is having serious chest surgery,” he said.